2019 Gathering of Men
On September 25, 2019, the BNRC hosted our annual Gathering of Men. The Gathering of Men is a signature event that unites members and friends of the Center in celebration of the progress and possibilities of Black males on campus and beyond. As the first public BNRC event of the 2019-2020 academic year, new and current students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to engage with leaders in of the University and greater Columbus community. This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Roy Jones, executive director for the Call Me MISTER program and Provost Distinguished Professor in the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development in the College of Education at Clemson University. The Call Me Mister program is located in numerous universities and across several states including South Carolina (its founding state), Georgia, and Michigan. In Dr. Jones' remarks, he discussed an African proverb "How are the children?" which essentially asks are future generations equipped, well-skilled, and taken care of. Most importantly, he reminded our guests to consider the power of educators, particularly Black male educators, to change the narrative of education in rural and urban areas. In collaboration with this event, the Center hosted a lunch with future educators and faculty from various departments. During this time, our guests shared their personal commitment and future investment in education and programs like Call Me Mister. In recognition of his dedication and service, we were pleased to award Dr. Roy with this year's Mac A. Stewart Distinguished Award for Service.